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Thompson out, Pogoy in for Gilas’ must-win game vs Kazakhstan


Miles Morales

Team Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao activated in his lineup TNT sharpshooter RR Pogoy for the national team’s must-win game against Kazakhstan in place of Scottie Thompson.

Gilas will play the Kazakhs in Astana on Sunday night in hopes to further fortify its bid to snatch a seat for the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China.

Gilas will once again bank on naturalized player Andray Blatche, Japeth Aguilar, Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood and Marcio Lassiter.

They will be backstopped by Mark Barroca, JP Erram, June Mar Fajardo, Paul Lee, Thirdy Ravena, Troy Rosario and Pogoy.

Aside from a win in Astana, what would give the Nationals a sure entry into the World Cup as the “best 4th placer” of the Qualifiers is a loss from either Lebanon or Jordan, which both has a solid chance in taking the 4th seed in the other Bracket.

Gilas will look to lean on the momentum it built from demolishing the Qatari squad in Doha to finish the Qualifiers on a high note.